Philosophy of Education

Creativity

In my workshops, we’ll explore themes using metaphor, imagination, improvisation, silkscreens, and suitcases full of art supplies.

We’ll dream big with drawing and writing prompts, narrow down ideas with group work and solitary reflection, and use collaborative processes to gradually build towards bigger pieces such as art installations, public art or maker space projects, awareness raising campaigns and more.

Screenprinting is an art form of “multiples” – hundreds of objects can be printed with a single screen. By printing on suprising objects such as pillows, neckties, and tote bags, you can share your creative or socio-political message to a greater audience. You don’t need professional supplies to screenprint with my method!

Contribution

Introverts and extroverts alike need a balance of self-reflection and participation in small or large group discussions. We will take small risks by offering creative expressions like a thought, a movement, an image, our presence, and our participation, and build up to greater risks as the group is ready.

Voice & Power

I am oriented towards a “strength based lens”, which is a social work term for believing that everyone comes with good intentions, and that negative behaviors represent an unmet need. In disruption, I see leadership. I will work from where your group is at, to gain trust by meeting needs.

Accessibility

I take requests for workshops for participants or groups with developmental or intellectual exceptionalities. My experience teaching screenprinting and arts education at H’art, Kingston Mosaic School, and Providence Care, will give all students an opportunity to thrive on their own terms. I have adapted workshops for the deaf by providing live volunteer interpreters, and am able to provide modifications for the visually impaired. I’m always learning, tell me what you need and I’ll try to make it work.

Methodology

Experiential Learning

Through my study in PYE’s Creative Community model, studying under internationally renowned facilitator Nadia Chaney, I use experiential learning to bring groups together across difference. I include in my toolbox the ability to lead effective debriefs, engage in conflict resolution, build safe(r)containers, and use a strength-based lens throughout all aspects of my programs. (see CV: CF Level 1&2, Community Arts Mentorship, Art of Facilitation intensive)

Art as Conversation and Action

I am inspired by the art of Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and Corita Kent, who use a few words and a single image, frequently from pop culture, as a challenge to the status quo. Recent programs (Pillow Talk, Protest Art Foundations, etc) have evolved in collaboration with community groups and teachers around themes that arise in my work such as protest, power, gender, feminism, conflict resolution and mental wellness. Current areas of study and artistic exploration in my practice include pattern design, radical compassion, and emergence.

Holistic

I work on a farm, and teach stormwater management to homeowners. I have wildcrafted mushrooms on the west coast and played flute in a jazz band. I am passionate about plumbing, canning, and was a bike mechanic and baker/chef for 6 years. I have hosted sustainability skillshares, pierogy making parties, and house concerts. These worlds inform my teaching  by providing me with an endless source of rich metaphor, stories, and empathy.

Unschooling

I learn intentionally in community, from mentors, through books, in workshops and at conferences, and then test my knowledge by sharing what I know with others. Recently I’ve started hosting learning circles as a part of my creative practice.

I welcome requests from homeschooling or alternative education spaces to blend curriculum goals with the arts.

I have mentored emerging and international arts educators over the last few years and hosted an alternative practicum. Let me know if you would like to learn together!